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Tree-top quality!

Press Release   •   Feb 28, 2017 15:28 GMT

Go Ape Aberfoyle site manager Steven McGirr - helped by the forest adventure company's 'pet primate' - accepts the 5-Star Activity Centre plaque from VisitScotland's Liz Buchanan

Two recent achievements by Go Ape prove that the outdoors forest adventure specialist continues to go from strength to strength in Scotland and is offering a visitor experience of outstanding quality.

With 31 sites across the UK, Go Ape opened the first of its three Scottish sites - at Aberfoyle, in the stunning surroundings of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park - in 2007, before adding the Crathes, Aberdeenshire and Glentress Forest, Peebles sites to the business.

Boasting a range of exhilarating zip wires (including some of the longest and highest in Britain), Tarzan swings, rope ladders, crossings and obstacles, Go Ape Aberfoyleprovides a perfect forest playground for thrill-seekers and those who want to enjoy exciting outdoors challenges and a memorable, fun experience amidst the tree-tops and spectacular views.

The team at Go Ape Aberfoyle has worked hard to provide outstanding facilities and ensure superb customer service and their efforts were rewarded when, following an assessment visit by VisitScotland towards the end of last year, they won the national tourism organisation’s top Quality Assurance award. Go Ape was named a 5-star Activity Centre, taking the elite group of businesses across Scotland which boast this superior designation to 25.

Developed and improved over 30 years, VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance scheme provides visitors with an independent, impartial and trusted guide to standards. The scheme is delivered by a dedicated team of experts who offer businesses advice and support on how to not only meet visitor expectations but exceed them. It was set up to drive standards and encourage excellence whilst helping businesses reach their full potential and secure their success - and that in turn delivers great results for Scotland’s tourism industry and economy.

5-Star awards - which are only bestowed on businesses achieving exceptional standards consistently across a wide range of aspects including customer care - are very valuable assets as they help their recipients promote the excellence of their facilities, activities and entertainment.

In addition to its 5-Star award, Go Ape Aberfoyle has scored a major success at Scottish tourism’s equivalent of the Oscars - The Scottish Thistle Awards, which recognise and celebrate excellence and exceptional service in the industry.

At the Central, Fife & Tayside regional finals of this year’s Thistle Awards, Go Ape Aberfoyle beat stiff competition from the other nominees Action Glen and Highland Fling Bungee, both of Perth & Kinross, to be named Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience Regional Winner. Go Ape Aberfoyle will now join the other regional winners from across Scotland at the glittering Scottish Thistle Awards National Finals which will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 16 March 2017.

Go Ape Aberfoyle Site Manager Steven McGirr said:

“We aim to offer an adventurous and unforgettable experience so we were thrilled to be awarded our 5-star Activity Centre grading and become a Scottish Thistle Awards Regional Winner for Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience. Both accolades are a fantastic recognition of the outstanding quality of the facilities and customer service we provide at Go Ape and are a real testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our team at Aberfoyle.

“We’re looking forward to going forward to the Scottish Thistle Awards National Finals and are hoping that we’ll turn our recent successes into a hat trick.”

VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director Liz Buchanan MBE said:

“I’m delighted that the excellence of Go Ape Aberfoyle has been acknowledged both through the Scottish Thistle Awards and VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance scheme. The 5 Star grading is great news for the business and for the wider Trossachs area as it further enhances its reputation as a wonderful destination which offers a great range of first-class outdoor activities. My congratulations go to everyone at Go Ape Aberfoyle on these outstanding achievements and wish them continued success for the future.”

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Ellen Drummond Ferroni, VisitScotland Corporate Press Officer

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